Sheffield United confirmed that manager Chris Wilder has left Bramall Lane on Saturday evening by mutual consent.
Following rumours speculating Wilder’s position at the club in the last few days, amid disagreements with the board and their recruitment policies/plans ahead of next season, the Blades confirmed his departure in a club statement on Saturday evening.
Since Wilder took over from Nigel Adkins in 2016, he managed to gain promotion to the Championship where they finished 10th place during their first campaign back in the second flight before gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2019.
Sheffield United confirms that Chris Wilder has left the Club by mutual consent.— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) March 13, 2021
After hunting down an European spot in their return to the top-flight, they fell five points short of granting that spot, but this footballing campaign has been a rather uneventful one as they sit bottom of the table.
Being 12 points off safety with 10 games remaining until the end of the season, may have been one of the main reasons the board has come to question Wilder’s position as manager.
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West Bromwich Albion manager, Sam Allardyce coached Wilder during his playing days at Notts County and is familiar with the 53-year-old’s capability to turn unfortunate events around.
Allardyce affirmed he will “bounce back shortly once he’s had a break from this dark moment.”
“Without a doubt, he’s had an outstanding career and his achievements if you look across the whole Leagues in this country, you won’t see a better record than Chris Wilder’s, the number of turn arounds he’s done on a struggling team and the success he’s brought to each club he’s managed and served through those clubs to finally get his boyhood club, Sheffield United promoted to the Premier League.
“You’re talking about this guy, one bad season in something 18/19 years, I think it’s a great shame for him and Sheffield United fans because there was such a bond between them. It’s rather sad for me to see.”
His five-year period at Bramall Lane and the dedication he has put in, will certainly not be wiped off fans memories for many years to come.
chris wilder did wonders with sheffield united 👏 its been a tough season for them but im sad to see him go https://t.co/AmToZp7CBT— Robyn (@niksusnybor) March 13, 2021
The Blades will travel to the King Power Stadium on Sunday, March 14 to face Leicester City and Paul Heckingbottom will take charge of the club for the remainder of the 20/21 campaign.